I've come to the conclusion that..... vocabulary for speaking, listening, reading, and writing, are in 4 different compartments, with no direct access to each other.
.....if Hans Asperger were alive today, I think he would be interested in this idea that autism and other problematic versions of the human mind may represent hold-out survivors from the distant past.
There is another possibility.....that people who were unable to talk a million years ago are still with us.
I still hope to one day meet and talk to a machine that is more intelligent than I am.
Whenever I see animal tracks ...... I'm always reminded of this obvious truth: that reading and writing are older than speech.
Words are not the same thing for those of us on the spectrum as they are for other people. From the time I entered elementary school as a small boy, I was very conscious of this. I couldn't put my thoughts into words then, but fifty or so years later I managed to do it … Continue reading Autism and Words
In one of my books – not sure if it's in The Shyness Guide or my first novel, The Birdcatcher (could be both) - I said that reading and writing are older than speech. That's an idea that I have never seen anywhere else. But this week, re-reading the James Hillman/Michael Ventura book, We've Had … Continue reading Rescuing the Past and/or Anthropology and/or Psychology |How reading and writing preceded Talking